Kamala Harris Wins California Senate Seat
HBCU alum and California Attorney General Kamala Harris has clenched the Senate Seat after defeating Rep. Loretta Sanchez in last night’s election for California’s open seat in the U.S. Senate reports HuffPo Black Voices:
Harris will replace outgoing Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who announced her retirement in 2014 after serving more than two decades in the Senate.
In doing so, she’s breaking down some noteworthy barriers: Harris is the second black woman and the first South Asian-American to serve in the Senate. She’s also the first woman of color to represent California in the chamber.
Harris established early dominance in the race by announcing her candidacy shortly after Boxer said she would step down, and has held a strong lead over Sanchez throughout the contest. The progressive attorney general, known for working on criminal justice reform since taking office in 2011, had the backing of many of the country’s top Democrats, including President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. She also notched endorsements from Boxer, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and California Gov. Jerry Brown.
Harris tweeted this message after securing the victory: